Judo siblings Ben and Megan Fletcher complete Ireland's Tokyo 2020 team ©Getty Images

Ireland's team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games here has been capped at 116 athletes after the selection of two judoka.

Siblings Ben and Megan Fletcher will be part of the largest-ever Irish Olympic team, with the squad comfortably bigger than the previous record of 81 athletes who competed in London in 1948.

Ben Fletcher competed at Rio 2016 for Great Britain and heads into a second Olympics after breaking his leg in two places in February.

Despite this setback, he was able to hold onto his qualification position in the rankings in the men's under-100 kilograms division.

Megan Fletcher has qualified for her first Games in the women's under-70kg category.

"Being selected for the Olympics means the absolute world to me," she said. 

"I am so proud to have made the Irish team and to be flying the flag at my first Games.

"It has been such a long road to this point, and I couldn't be more excited to get over to Tokyo and fight now."

Ireland's Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020, Tricia Heberle, welcomed the pair to the squad.

"I am pleased to welcome Ben and Megan to the team," she said. 

Judo will take place at the Nippon Budokan at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images
Judo will take place at the Nippon Budokan at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

"They've both had challenges to overcome in recent years, but their class and determination has shone through. 

"Irish Judo is a small community and to qualify both of these athletes is a great achievement. 

"I look forward to seeing them in action in Tokyo."

Irish judo team leader Ciaran Ward added: "This is a watershed moment for us in Irish Judo, it's the first time we have qualified two athletes since global qualification started. 

"It's a generation since we had this size of a team and it's the first time we have had both men and women represented at the Olympics, so it's a first for Irish Judo, and we are very proud of both of them.

"Judo is the national sport in Japan, and is the sport that produces most medals for them normally at the Olympic Games. 

"They are the benchmark that we all try to achieve. 

"Usually in Japan there's a full stadium of spectators who all know their sport, which will be different this time around."

Judo at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will take place at the Nippon Budokan between July 24 and 31.

Ireland won two silver medals at Rio 2016, in rowing and judo.